Volume 40 - Issue 36 - September 9, 2021
State of Kansas
Department of Transportation
Notice to Consulting Firms
Background and Purpose of Project
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is seeking a consultant to provide construction inspection services for projects 177-9 KA-2368-01 and 177-31 KA-2369-01. The projects involve grading and surfacing improvements on K-177 in Geary and Morris County.
Request for Proposals (RFPs) are due at or before 12:00 p.m. (CST) September 24, 2021, to be delivered via email to KDOT.DesignContracts@ks.gov. Evaluation and ranking of submissions will occur on or about October 4, 2021, after which time all firms that submitted will be notified of the selection. Negotiations with the most highly ranked firm to commence on or about October 8, 2021. An agreement should be in place on or about October 22, 2021. The contractor is expected to start the project around October 2021, this start date could move based on contractor’s schedule. The calendar completion date is October 13, 2023.
Scope of Services to be Performed
The inspectors must be capable of inspecting any work on the project, which includes grading, subgrade/base, concrete, HMA roadway, HMA plant, base, bridges, RCB, Signing, seeding, erosion control, pavement marking, traffic control, CMS or AASHTOWare data entry, all project records, all project paperwork, and final paperwork, etc. Project records and paperwork including but not limited to: diary, pay quantities, certifications, sample identifications, change orders, pay estimates, monitoring subcontractor payments, and monitoring contractor’s payrolls, etc. Records and paperwork must be submitted accurately and timely. Provide inspectors as needed to ensure inspection and material testing for this project are done correctly. The number of required inspectors will fluctuate throughout the project depending on the contractor’s schedule and how they pursue the work. The consultant will provide a lead inspector for structures, a lead inspector for grading and a lead inspector for HMA. The consultants will report directly to the KDOT project manager and are expected to serve as integral members of the Marion Construction Office. Consultants are expected to be experienced and able to work with minimal supervision. Consultants should also anticipate working with and providing training to newer KDOT employees. Work may be suspended for the winters and resume in springs. Provide all the equipment necessary to inspect and test materials.
Instructions for Proposal
No costs shall be contained in the proposal. The technical proposal must not exceed four (4) pages total (including any cover letter, index, etc.) and 2MB to address the pertinent topics. The subject line of the reply email and the PDF file name must read “177-9 KA-2368-01_77-31 KA-2369-01_FIRM NAME.” Submittals will consist of the technical proposal and a completed and signed Special Attachment No. 8 (“Tax Clearance Certificate”) and a signed Special Attachment No. 10 (“Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment”). Completed Special Attachments do not count against the four-page technical proposal submission. All these forms are attached to the original email announcement.
Proposals shall indicate the consultant’s ability to meet the project inspection needs described above. Proposals shall describe any processes or procedures, including best practices, that will be used to perform tasks and to produce the desired results described above under “Scope of Services to be Performed.” The proposal shall also include items such as:
- Name and work history of lead inspectors for structures, grading and HMA
- History of providing inspection services on similar projects
- Availability of staff
- Familiarity with KDOT standards and specifications
- Any subconsultant and their role in performing the services on the project
- Names, certifications, and experience of all inspectors that will be assigned to the project
- Anticipated time to close out project paperwork
Proposals will be evaluated based on the factors listed below, evenly weighted, to rank the most qualified firm in order of preference as first, second, third, etc. Evaluation factors include:
- How the consultant plans to meet the fluctuating inspection needs of the project;
- Inspectors’ names, certifications and qualifications proposed for services;
- Past performance history on similar projects (list project numbers) for KDOT;
- Anticipated time to close out project paperwork;
- Proximity of inspectors to project;
- Types of direct expenses anticipated (lodging, mileage, etc.).
The highest ranked firm will be asked to enter into negotiations with KDOT for an agreement. In the event KDOT cannot reach agreement with the highest ranked firm, it will terminate negotiations with such firm and commence negotiations with the next highest ranked firm, and so on, until either agreement is reached for a satisfactory scope of services for a fair and reasonable price, or KDOT decides to pursue other alternatives.
Exhibits to this Technical Proposal Request
- Special Attachment No. 8 (“Tax Clearance Certificate”)
- Special Attachment No. 10 (“Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment”)
Contract Terms and Conditions
A standard KDOT project inspection Agreement will be used for this project. Current rate factors will be used for compensation, and Special Attachments for the Kansas “Tax Clearance Certificate” and the “Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment” will become attachments to the contract.
Questions about this request for proposal shall be sent via email to KDOT.DesignContracts@ks.gov.
Ben Asnicar, PE
Interim Contracts Engineer
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